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15 November 2011

Dorking school children turn milk bottles into products to sell
Enterprising pupils at a Dorking school are "leading the way" when it comes to recycling, thanks to a new project.

Young people at the Priory School have been collecting plastic milk bottles and lids and using state-of-the-art machines to turn them into profit-making products.

The initiative, designed to encourage the better use of finite resources, is funded by a Government grant obtained by the Priory after it achieved "enterprise school" status.

Its head of design and technology, Richard Tanton, said: "Even though people are making more of an effort to recycle, milk caps are still thrown in the rubbish. It doesn't sound much, but when you think a family could easily go through four or five cartons a week it adds up, so the kids are really leading the way.

"Achieving enterprise status earlier this year entitled us to Government money, which has been invaluable.

"As head of design I bid for some of the money for this project and we bought two machines which shred the plastic and make it into sheets which are then moulded into different products.

"So far we have had cloches (plastic plant covers) and frisbies. The kids then set up small businesses and sell the products on."

Mr Tanton added: "It is great for the kids because they collect the bottles and lids, put them into the machine, and in an hour they have a product.

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